Apr 02, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The union representing City of Toronto inside workers is strongly urging city council to reject calls for a downtown casino.
A survey of the union’s approximately 20,000 members found 67 per cent of them oppose a casino outright. 81 per cent say it would increase poverty and crime.
CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire says his members are front-line community workers who are worried that the social impacts of a casino could overwhelm Toronto’s already strained social support system.
Meanwhile – Toronto mayor Rob Ford is still calling for a casino as a way to fund transit expansion after Metrolinx released 11 possible funding options for transit which include some taxes and tolls.
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